Fallout from Penn State scandal claims coach

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time in almost a half-century, someone other than Joe Paterno is calling the shots at Penn State. The winningest coach in major college football history was fired Wednesday night, sending angry students into the streets where they shouted support for Paterno and tipped over a news van. […]

In life-or-death issues, I’m always for life

DEATH OR LIFE? … perhaps by the time anyone reads this, a Yolo County jury will have sentenced 39-year-old Marco Topete to death for the cold-blooded murder of Deputy Jose ‘Tony” Diaz in rural Dunnigan on June 15, 2008 … Topete’s guilt, which already has been determined by the jury, is beyond dispute … he […]

Campus Occupy camp dismantled at UC Berkeley

BERKELEY (AP) — Dozens of police in riot gear confronted anti-Wall Street protesters at UC Berkeley as the demonstrators tried to establish an encampment on campus. Television news footage from outside the university’s main administration building late Wednesday night showed officers pulling people off the steps and nudging others with batons as the crowd chanted, “We […]

Topete jury’s first day of deliberations ends with no verdict

Jurors in the Marco Topete murder trial left the Yolo County Courthouse shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the case’s penalty phase. The jury spent a full day deliberating whether Topete, 39, should receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole for the June 15, 2008, […]

Mystery outage leaves thousands without power

PG&E officials can’t say what caused the widespread power outage that left more than 4,000 North Davis households without electricity for several hours Wednesday morning. “We were unable to determine a cause of this outage,” PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said. He added that patrols of the area turned up open switches that indicated a “fault […]

Learn all about eBooks at Avid Reader workshop

Need some advice about electronic books and the devices on which they can be read? The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., in downtown Davis, will conduct an eBooks workshop at 7:30 p.m. Friday that will cover the basics of eReaders and Google eBooks. Various eReaders will be demonstrated, and attendees will be walked through the […]

Stonegate meeting is Thursday night

PG&E representatives will answer questions about a recent spate of gas leaks in the Stonegate neighborhood at a free community meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Stonegate Country Club, 919 Lake Blvd. Another meeting is planned at the same time on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The meetings are hosted by the Stonegate Homeowners Association. […]

‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern': Funny spin on the Bard

Tom Stoppard’s absurdist comedy “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” will be presented by the UC Davis department of theater and dance this fall in the Main Theatre.

The production is the second and final work to be directed by fall Granada Artist-in-Residence Michael Barakiva at UCD.

The courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, minor characters in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” star in Stoppard’s reimagining of the famous play. Moving throughout a surreal alternate reality, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” attempts to answer the fundamental question “How do we know what we know?”

Statewide, county childhood obesity rates remain high

Nearly 40 percent of all California fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders were overweight or obese in 2010, according to a report released this week by the Davis-based California Center for Public Health Advocacy and UCLA. The findings were based on results of the 2010 California Physical Fitness Test, given to 1.2 million public school children last year, […]

Ceremonies, parade, fundraiser honor veterans

Local residents will have several opportunities to honor veterans on Veterans Day, Friday. The Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 will host a celebration at 11 a.m. at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road. It will honor all veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces, including those currently stationed throughout the country […]

Explore container plants for winter color

Planting in containers is a great way to create a garden in a small space and enliven a deck or patio or create a lush oasis while conserving water. Learn about container gardening for winter color during a free public tour at the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday, Nov. 19. The tour leader will discuss […]

Entrepreneurship is focus of free seminar

A free seminar on entrepreneurship is planned Wednesday at Little Prague restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis. Corley Phillips, director of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy, is the guest speaker. He will talk from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by networking from 6 to 7 p.m. Students and professionals alike are invited. Students are allowed […]

DHS Symphonic Band presents a tribute to veterans

The Davis High School Symphonic Band is preparing a special concert, “Lest We Forget,” as a tribute to men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces. The 76-member band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The concert will feature selections that […]